Ventura County

Ventura Promenade Beach Cleanups

C-Street Beach Cleanup with a line of volunteers signing up and getting supplies.

COVID-19 UPDATE: All volunteers must also follow Surfrider Covid precautions including social distancing and wearing masks while signing in and while under and around the Surfrider Tent. Check out our calendar to sign up for our next cleanup!

If you would like to perform a solo beach cleanup, that opportunity is still possible! It is crucial that we still log data to track pollution on our beaches even if it is not in a group setting. Please follow the directions in the guidelines. Questions? Email beachcleanups@ventura.surfrider.org.

To sign up for our monthly Ventura Promenade Cleanup or the Rincon Parkway Cleanup, scroll down. Stay tuned to our Instagram, Facebook, and/or monthly e-newsletter for further updates. Thank you!

Group Beach Cleanups (We’re Back!)

Surfrider hosts beach cleanups at three locations in Ventura County: Rincon Parkway, Ventura Promenade, and Ormond Beach. Click Here if you are interested in hosting a private cleanup for your business or group. Most of the items collected at beach cleanups are plastic that don’t truly biodegrade. It is important to host cleanups because we want to help protect the coastal wildlife that we love! Below you will find how to sign up, what to wear and where to park

2022 VENTURA PROMENADE BEACH CLEANUP SCHEDULE:

At the end of California Street

Volunteers under 18 years of age MUST have a parent or guardian sign their Surfrider waiver and City of Ventura waiver before the minor can participate in the Ventura Promenade/California Street Cleanup Event. Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian per City of Ventura guidelines. Both the City of Ventura and Surfrider Foundation waivers are required for each participant. Paper or electronic waivers can be submitted. We will provide all supplies, but volunteers are always welcome to bring their own work gloves, trash bag/bucket, and or reusable water bottle to reduce waste

Sign up by filling out the TWO liability waivers and join us! Typically, we are out between the Crowne Plaza and Aloha Steakhouse on the Ventura Promenade on the FOURTH Saturday of the month; however, in September, November, and December we will be out there the THIRD Saturdays. Join us from 9am-11am. Bring your own water and close-toed shoes. We will supply buckets, grabbers, and gloves.

*Pre-­registration is not required unless your group is larger than 25 people.* If you plan on bringing a group larger than 25, please email us with how many people you expect at: beachcleanups@ventura.surfrider.org

Please fill out both the Surfrider and City of Ventura waivers. Be prepared to show your confirmation emails at the check in tent (either printed or shown on your phone). 

Beach Cleanup DateSign Up HereCity WaiverCoastal Commission Waiver
June 25, 2022Click hereCity of Ventura WaiverNot required
July 23, 2022Click hereCity of Ventura Waiver Not required
August 27, 20222Click hereCity of Ventura Waiver Not required
September 17, 2022 *Coastal Cleanup Day!Click here City of Ventura WaiverCoastal Commission Waiver
October 22, 2022Click here City of Ventura Waiver Not required
November 19, 2022 *Third Saturday: Holiday scheduleClick here City of Ventura Waiver Not required
December 17, 2022 *Third Saturday: Holiday scheduleClick here City of Ventura Waiver Not required

Where to park at California Street – The Surfrider tent and check in is located where California Street meets the Promenade. The Crowne Plaza Hotel has graciously offered free parking for volunteers in their valet lot! Please mention Surfrider beach cleanup when you arrive and tip when you leave.

Additional parking is available at the multi-level parking structure, but they charge and we do not validate. There are a couple of free parking options within a short walk. The free parking on Paseo De Playa often fills up quickly, but the free parking off Front Street typically has space, then you can take the walking bridge over the freeway to the promenade.

For all beach cleanups, please wear:

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Masks (if transmission levels are still ranked high in Ventura County and the pre-registration link requires masks)

Please be prepared to fill out a data card of all the trash you pick up. We need this information to help find solutions for the main sources of trash on our beaches! Check out what we found in 2015 and 2016.Here is some more information about the most common sources of microplastics and plastic pollution, check it out before you go to log your data!

Ventura Promenade totals by year:

  • 2019: 2,624 volunteers picked up 4,410 lbs. of trash including 26,950 cigarette butts
  • 2021: 283 volunteers removed over 240 lbs of trash!
  • 2022: Stay tuned

Thank you for your interest in helping keep our beaches clean. Look for the Surfrider tent when you arrive at a beach cleanup to check in!

*If there is weather such as heavy rain or strong winds, we will post any cancellation updates to our Facebook page here.*